Biography: Felipe Calle, Pianist

Felipe CalleFelipe Calle was born in Bogota in 1986. He started piano lessons at seven, and at ten he began to study at the Colombian National Conservatory where he earned a B.M.A in Piano performance. During his undergraduate studies he won the Annual Concerto Competition in 2005 and was appointed to be a soloist with the Conservatory Orchestra . He was selected to play in a master class held in Bogota by Berlin’s Akademie Fur Alte Musik in July, 2006.

He took master classes with pianists Walter Blankenheim, Cecile Licad, Nicolas Stavy, Jean Francois Hesser, Simon Mulligan, Harold Martina, Eugene Alcalay, Daniel Blumenthal, Cordula Hacke and Eva Poblocka. He also performed on National University Radio in live broadcast emissions, and as a soloist and accompanist in a benefit concert for a children’s hospital in March 2007, broadcast by Colombian T.V. During 2006 Mr. Calle was part of a woodwind and piano ensemble and played in a gala concert, in the Centro Colombo Americano in Bogota, performing works of Mozart and Poulenc. Mr. Calle was also a T.A. in history of Latin-American music courses, and was part of research project about nineteenth and twentieth century Colombian piano music.

Mr. Calle is studying in the Cleveland Institute of Music in the collaborative piano program under the guidance of Anita Pontremoli, with a scholarship from the Colombian government. He attended the Forum International for flute and piano in Luxembourg in 2010 and the Hidden Valley Music Seminars in California in 2011. He is part of the Faculty of the Cleveland Music Settlement.